Warner Bros says Danish actor, Mads Mikkelsen is to replace Johnny Depp as rogue wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts series and the third instalment of the series is due to be released in 2022.
Depp left the franchise earlier this month after losing a libel case over a 2018 newspaper article which called him a wife-beater.
Mikkelsen, a Danish actor, had previously starred in films including Casino Royale and Doctor Strange.
The announcement came not long after Depp was denied permission to appeal against the High Court’s ruling, which concluded that he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard.
The actor has also been ordered to make an initial payment of almost £630,000 to the publisher of the Sun News Group Newspapers for its legal fees.
Depp made a brief appearance as Grindelwald in 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and reprised his role in 2018’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.